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Appleton takes senior post at Travis Perkins

Former Lavendon CEO Kevin Appleton is joining Travis Perkins as head of its £1.5 billion merchanting division, which includes the TP Hire tool hire business.

He replaces Joe Mescall, who is starting to step down from Travis Perkins as he nears retirement. Mr Appleton will work with Mr Mescall for a number of months before he takes on the full running of the division later this year.

Travis Perkins is one of the UK's biggest builders merchants chains and runs tool hire operations at many of its stores under the TP Hire brand.

The appointment, effective on 15 April, means that Mr Appleton retains a foot in the rental sector and heads up a much bigger business than his previous post.

As reported earlier, Mr Appleton has also been proposed as a non-executive, part-time director of Nordic rental company Ramirent. He continues to serve as a board member of the European Rental Association.

Source : Murray Pollok – Access International

28 March 2012
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